Reverse order to evict us from Uganda House for repairs, say five companies
Five key businesses operating from Uganda House are in court contesting a decision to evict them from the premises to pave way for renovations. They are the African Boot Company, Rupa’s Gift Centre, Abdulla & Company, Miraj Shah and Eastern Watch Company. The landlord has asked them to vacate the premises within 60 days. The five are aggrieved by an order issued in August 2016 by the Nairobi chief magistrate’s court which directed that the premises be closed. They say the order was given without giving them an opportunity to be heard. African Boot says the order by court is unreasonable and irrational as they have been in the premises for over 39 years and the two months’ notice is insufficient time to find alternative premises. According to suit papers, the landlord has not said whether the repairs would be carried out while they are still on the premises, given they own shops on the ground floor of the building.